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I now code all my Matchbox Regular Series 1-75 models against the Stannard's Collectors Catalogue [ISBN 0-9510367-O-X] which covers the years 1953 to 1969 and is based on Stannard's extensive knowledge of the 1-75 series, contributions from Ray Bush, Phillip Bowdidge, Robert Newson and Paul Carr, and the access, granted to him by Matchbox, to Matchbox Toys Limited's archives and production collection. Wherever possible I will also include the relevant reference obtained from Schiffer's Matchbox Toys [ISBN 0-916838-74-9] and other major reference publications. I also use Nick Jones' excellent site to further refine the codings – these codes are identified by the use of [NJ] alongside them.
This is the Lesney produced Matchbox MB46-b-3 Guy Removal Van in Dark Blue PICKFORDS livery.
|Schiffer Code:||46-b (this version not listed)|
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]46-b-4|
|Body Colour:||Dark Blue (Pickford's Blue)|
|Base Type:||Black metal|
|Base Details:||4 lines of text to centre middle: Pickford, Removal Van, Made In England, By Lesney, AND 1 lines of text on base under rear door: No 46|
|Base Fitting:||1 body locating lug at rear and 1 split rivet at front.|
|Wheels:||Grey plastic, 9mm x 20 treads, domed axles|
|Body Modifications:||"PICKFORDS, Removers & Storers, Branches In All Large Towns" 3 line decals, Type 2 body casting (2 lines above cab windows), rear roller door.|
|Issued:||1960 to 1968|